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Fiat makes family version of popular 500 city car

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POSTED March 7, 2012 6:18 p.m.

GENEVA (AP) — Italian carmaker Fiat has introduced the 500L family car to expand on the popularity of its two-door 500 city car.

Fiat officials told reporters at the Geneva Auto Show on Tuesday that the four-door multi-purpose wagon is designed to be "generous" in amenities for drivers and passengers — a larger but not overly big verion of its iconic 500 — but ecological and simple to drive.

The L in its name stands for Large.

But the company emphasized the car is meant to draw customers on both sides of the Atlantic who are looking for a small, stylish and fuel-efficient car.

The world premier of the car included President Boris Tadic of Serbia, where Fiat will build the hatchback to take advantage of lower wages, tax breaks and government subsidies.

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